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From left, University of Minnesota, Morris men's basketball coach Paul Grove, Cougars player Phil Allen and three of Jim Gremmels' grandsons unveiled an artistic rendition of the new James Gremmels Court on Thursday

Cougars court named for Gremmels

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A few years ago, friends and family of Jim Gremmels were anxious to honor one of the University of Minnesota, Morris' great founding faculty members and coaches.

But Gremmels was a little miffed by their attempts to honor him. Friend and colleague Mark Fohl, UMM's Athletic Director, said Gremmels didn't think he should be inducted into the Cougar Hall of Fame while he was alive.

"He was a very humble man," said Gremmels' wife, Ruth.

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